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Definition of Dependency Ratio

(noun) The ratio of productive workers to the non-productive people (i.e., disabled, elderly, young) in a society.

Dependency Ratio Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /dɪˈpɛndənsi ˈreɪʃ(i)oʊ/
    • British English
      • /dɪˈpɛndənsi ˈreɪʃɪəʊ/
  • Syllabification: (de·pen·den·cy ra·tio)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: dependency ratios
  • Also called:
    • age dependency ratio
    • total dependency ratio

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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Cite the Definition of Dependency Ratio

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dependency ratio.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-ratio/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

dependency ratio. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-ratio/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dependency ratio.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-ratio/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“dependency ratio.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/dependency-ratio/>.